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Maura Sullivan Announces Campaign Teams

 

PORTSMOUTH – Maura Sullivan, Congressional candidate in New Hampshire’s First District, former active duty Marine, government official, and businesswoman, is thrilled to announce the formation of her campaign team. “We have assembled an outstanding team of committed professionals who will help us run the type of uplifting, grassroots campaign that is needed to ensure we keep this seat blue in November,” Sullivan said.

Acting in a role he held for Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter since 2006, Global Strategy Group founding partner Jefrey Pollock will conduct polling and research for the Sullivan campaign. Global Strategy Group is one of the nation’s go-to public affairs and research firms. It has been named “Pollster of the Year” by the American Association of Political Consultants for two of the last three election cycles, received honors including Public Affairs Agency of the Year and Public Affairs Campaign of the Year, and served dozens of Senators, Representatives, Governors, and Mayors nationwide.

Joe Trippi will be the campaign’s media consultant. Trippi most recently was the media consultant and senior strategist for Senator Doug Jones in Alabama’s 2017 U.S. Senate special election. Last month, Jones became the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Alabama in 25 years. Trippi also advised Congressman Seth Moulton who, like Maura, is a Marine Corps veteran that ran a campaign built on the desire to lead a new generation of servant leaders in government.

The Strategy Group, led by Pete Giangreco and Judith Wallner, will handle the Sullivan campaign’s direct mail program and oversee the production of all print media.  Giangreco played senior roles in mail and paid media on both of President Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns. The Strategy Group brings extensive New Hampshire experience, having led the WOMEN VOTE! mail program for Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s 2014 reelection and subsequently worked with WOMEN VOTE!, the American Federation of Teachers, AFSCME, the Sierra Club and Senate Majority PAC to produce more than twenty pieces of mail for Senator Maggie Hassan’s victory in 2016.

Blueprint Interactive, led by firm partner Geoff Mackler, will direct the Sullivan campaign’s digital media, having previously worked with Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Senate Majority PAC in support of Senator Hassan’s 2016 victory. Other past clients include AFSCME, Sierra Club, and EMILY’s List, and Blueprint brings extensive experience working with candidates and other organizations to engage New Hampshire voters online.

Brett Anders, who previously worked on strategy for MobilizeAmerica, a platform connecting volunteers with Democratic campaigns, will helm the Sullivan campaign. Kaytlynn Jacobs-Brett will work on the campaign’s political operation and grassroots organizing. Prior to the Sullivan campaign, Jacobs-Brett managed the reelection of longtime State Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) and has been active in New Hampshire state government.  Lucy Barrett, previously working in development at Harvard University, will lead the campaign’s fundraising. Will Rasky will handle communications and community outreach. Rasky’s previous campaign experience includes work for the direct mail firm Ambrosino, Muir, Hansen & Crounse, and Joe Kennedy III’s first, and successful, campaign for Congress.

Sullivan further commented on this news saying, “I am proud to have this dedicated group of people onboard. More than any other consideration, they know that the hard work of going out and earning the support of the people of New Hampshire’s First District will be our focus, every single day.”

About Maura Sullivan

Rising to the rank of Captain in the Marines, Maura Sullivan spent two years stationed in East Asia before deploying to Fallujah, Iraq. After returning home, attending graduate school, and working as a New England manager for a food and beverage company, Maura joined the Obama Administration: first on the American Battle Monuments Commission, then as an Assistant Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs after the VA’s 2014 crisis, and then in the Pentagon as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy and Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. In these roles she was a leader on projects that included beginning to rebuild veterans’ access to quality health care, working on gender integration in the Navy and the Marines, family, mental health, and LGBT policy reforms across the Defense Department, and the Force of the Future Initiative. Maura has been volunteering on New Hampshire campaigns for women like Rep. Carol Shea-Porter since her first victory in 2006. After her service in the Obama Administration, Maura and her fiancé Marc put down roots in Portsmouth. Maura is running for Congress because our country faces a crisis of leadership that puts our national and economic security at risk, and that she can use her unique mix of experience to bring people together in Washington to get things done for Granite Staters.

Maura Sullivan Announces Massive Quarterly Campaign Fundraising

This week, Maura Sullivan, a Democratic candidate for the 1st Congressional district in NH, announced that she has raised over $430,000 in in her first quarter.

Sullivan, is a Marine Corps & Iraq War veteran who worked in the Obama Administration as the Assistant VA Secretary.  After leaving the VA, Sullivan and her fiancé Marc moved to Portsmouth to put down roots and raise a family.

“I am thankful that so many Granite Staters joined with people from my days in the Marine Corps and the Obama Administration to become part of a campaign to help the country live up to its promise, and that starts with Congress. In my entire life, which I have committed to serving this country, I have never seen a greater threat to our nation, and to our democracy, than the moment we are in right now. We have to come together, rise above the chaos and bitterness that define our politics, and recommit our ourselves to a government that works tirelessly each day for the people they represent.”

While grateful for the overwhelming support for the campaign, Maura is most excited about the energy of the campaign on the ground being reflected in a surge of grassroots contributions received from Granite Staters, which make up 20% of the campaign’s contributions and average about $15.  Overall, over half of the campaign’s contributions are under $250.

Maura has been serving the country most of her adult life and that service took her to a range of places — to Iraq, Japan, and the Korean Peninsula in the Marines, and to the Obama Administration, first at American battlefields and cemeteries throughout Europe, then the VA and the Pentagon. The people with whom she served and worked live throughout the United States and Maura is proud to have the support of friends made in each chapter of her life.

Heading into the campaign season, Maura is excited to build on this early momentum by earning every opportunity to show the people of New Hampshire that she will work hard for them in Congress.


About Maura Sullivan

Maura Sullivan has dedicated her life to serving our country and fighting for the people and causes she believes in. Maura began her service when she attended college at Northwestern on an ROTC scholarship and joined the United States Marine Corps. Rising to the rank of Captain in the Marines, Maura spent two years stationed in East Asia before deploying to Fallujah, Iraq. While inspired by the brave and selfless young Americans with whom she served, Maura was struck by how servicemembers, particularly women, were paying the consequences for poor decisions made by out-of-touch leadership in Washington.

After returning home, attending graduate school, and working as a New England manager for a food and beverage company, Maura joined the Obama Administration: first as a Commissioner on the American Battle Monuments Commission, where she represented the Administration at memorials to fallen U.S. servicemembers across the globe; as an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Veterans Affairs, addressing the VA’s 2014 crisis and working on reforms to begin restoring veterans’ access to quality health care; as a senior advisor to the Secretary of the Navy, working on gender integration in the Navy and Marines, as well as family, mental health, and LGBT policy reforms; and as an advisor to the Secretary of Defense, focusing on communications strategy while also working to improve policies on maternity leave and child care.  Maura is running for Congress because our country faces a crisis of leadership that is putting our national and economic security at risk.

VoteVets Announces Endorsement Of Maura Sullivan In NH’s First Congressional District

Portsmouth, NH – The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets PAC, is today endorsing Maura Sullivan for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.

“Maura is the embodiment of service to others, and dedication to country and community,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chair of VoteVets. “Right now, we’re lacking two huge things in Congress – people who put others above themselves, and people with the knowledge and experience to make sure America is safe, in this time of growing chaos.  Maura has both those qualities, in spades. The people of New Hampshire are going to be so proud to call her Congresswoman, and we’re proud to endorse her.”

Regarding this significant development for the campaign, Maura Sullivan issued the following statement:

“My fellow servicemembers in the Marines and their families inspired my commitment to public service when I was a young Marine Lieutenant.  Since then, I have been proud to work on behalf of fellow veterans, servicemembers, and their families: as a Marine in Iraq and East Asia; as a student advocate; and then in the Obama Administration, at our cemeteries and memorials around the world, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and at the Pentagon.  I saw how deeply it matters who’s in elected office. People deserve leaders that wake up each day to advocate for them, put them first, and deliver results to make their lives better.  Now I plan to work hard to earn every vote to go to work for the people of New Hampshire. Among many lessons, my time in the Marines taught me the virtue of listening — how important it is to understand directly from people on the frontlines what matters to them. I am focused on listening to people throughout the First District, and building a campaign and a candidacy that addresses our community’s needs. I am thrilled to have VoteVets support in that effort.”

According to her biography, Maura has dedicated her life to serving our country and fighting for the people and causes she believes in. Maura began her service when she attended college at Northwestern on a Navy/Marine Corps ROTC scholarship and calls becoming a Marine, “the best decision of my life.” As a Marine, Maura spent two years stationed in East Asia before deploying to Fallujah, Iraq. While serving in Iraq, Maura was continuously inspired by the brave and selfless young Americans with whom she served, but she was also struck by how service members, particularly women, were paying the consequences for poor decisions made by out-of-touch leadership in Washington.

After returning home and earning graduate degrees in Business and Public Policy at Harvard, where she also worked on behalf of military veterans and their families, Maura served in the Obama Administration in several capacities: as a Commissioner on the American Battle Monuments Commission, where she represented the United States Government at memorials to fallen U.S. servicemembers spanning the globe; as an Assistant Secretary in the crisis-stricken Department of Veterans Affairs, where she was integrally involved in a variety of reforms, fighting to provide veterans with improved access to health care; as a senior aide to the Secretary of the Navy, working on gender integration in the Navy and Marines, as well as family, mental health, and LGBT policy reforms; and as a senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense, advising on communications strategy while also working to improve policies on maternity leave and child care.

After her service in the Obama Administration, Maura and her fiancé Marc put down roots in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to raise a family. Maura is running for Congress because our country faces a crisis of leadership that is putting our national and economic security at risk.

Founded in 2006, the mission of VoteVets.org Political Action Committee is to elect Veterans to public office, with a focus on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and hold public officials accountable for their words and actions that impact America’s 21st century troops and veterans. Though VoteVets.org PAC is non-partisan, candidates it backs must support VoteVets.org‘s core mission and beliefs.

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